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Icon Coloring Book: The Nativity
by Joseph and Erin Kimmett
Children can learn as they color these black-line, iconographic drawings about the Nativity of Christ. A paraphrase of the biblical passage accompanies each icon. (Ages 5–10)
Icons include the Jesse Tree, the Shepherds and Angels, the Flight into Egypt, Saint Nicholas and more.
Author / Illustrator: Joseph and Erin Kimmett
Format: Soft cover, staple-bound
Dimensions: 8.5 X 11 inches
Page Length: 10 pages
Beautiful Things: An Orthodox Colouring Book for Children
Item No. 9781944967420
illustrated by Megan Elizabeth Gilbert
The Orthodox Christian experience is infused with beauty. God calls to us through the presence of beautiful things—from the elegant chalice that houses Christ's very body to the icons of beloved saints hanging in our homes. Beautiful Things is a 64-page coloring and activity book for our littlest believers. As they color the Good Shepherd or the Jesus Prayer, they are cultivating their own sensibility to beauty while learning to recognize some of the meaningful symbols, elements, and motifs of the Church.
Age Range: 3-6 years
Illustrator: Megan Elizabeth Gilbert
Dimensions: 7.25 X 10 inches
Page Length: 64 pages
Deluxe Edition Collected Studies of John A. McGuckin (3 Volume Boxed Set)
The Collected Studies of John A. McGuckinoffers the fruits of decades of research and scholarly achievement. The three volumes represent three pillars, upon which the life and outlook of Orthodox Christians must rest: Volume One, Witnessing the Kingdom, presents studies in the history and theology of the New Testament; Volume Two, Seeing the Glory, includes numerous studies on different Fathers of the Church and their theology; Volume Three, Illumined in the Spirit, delves into Orthodox spirituality in the past and present. Without these three—Scripture, the Fathers, and spirituality—our life and vision are incomplete.
The first volume, Witnessing the Kingdom: Studies in New Testament History and Theology, readers join an Orthodox theologian and historian who engages Scripture in a thorough and sustained manner. McGuckin considers the questions and concerns of modern and postmodern scholars, such as the many “quests” for the historical Jesus, while keeping an eye on the tradition of the Church. He explores modern hermeneutics in light of patristic patterns of scriptural study, and proposes a way forward for Orthodox readers who wish to confront contemporary questions in light of our perennial tradition.
Volume two, Seeing the Glory: Studies in Patristic Theology, readers encounter the theology and vision of the fathers from their first foundations through their full flowering. Beginning with the apostolic fathers and the School of Alexandria, through the great Cappadocian fathers, the Christological controversies of the following centuries, and the profound thought of St Maximus and the later fathers, these studies illumine the fathers’ understanding of the person of Christ, the mystery of the Trinity, and the profound dynamic of our salvation and deification.
The third volume, Illumined in the Spirit: Studies in Orthodox Spirituality, readers encounter the deep spirituality of the Orthodox Church from several different perspectives. From prayer and asceticism to modern questions of violence, pacifism, marriage, and human rights, these studies show the life of the Church from its ancient roots to its modern surroundings.
These three volumes are, in a sense, a school of theology—Scripture, the Fathers, and our own contemporary situation. Without the first, we don’t in fact know what we are talking about; without the second, how to talk; and, on the basis of the first two, how to do so today in one’s own voice.
~Very Rev. Dr Archpriest John Behr
John A. McGuckin is a world-renowned scholar, the author of more than twenty-five books and over one hundred articles. He was Nielson Professor of Early Church History at Union Theological Seminary, and taught for over thirty years in numerous universities in Europe and America. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain, and is the recipient of honorary doctorates from St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and Sibiu University. He is an archpriest of the Orthodox Church of Romania, and the recipient of the Romanian Order of St Stephen, the Gold Cross of Moldavia and Bukovina.
After God: Morality and Bioethics in a Secular Age
by H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr.
Engelhardt invites readers to understand what it means to live in a world after God, where questions of sin and virtue have been replaced with life-and-death-style choices. After God provides a dark prophetic vision. But there is still hope. As Engelhardt argues, “In this culture, children now grow up apart from and defended against a recognition of the God Who lives. They are nurtured in a social fabric that is structured so as to avoid a recognition of, much less an encounter with, God. Nevertheless… a traditional Christianity has endured, even though its morality and bioethics have become ever more strongly counter-cultural. The source of this traditional Christian otherness over against the surrounding post-theistic culture lies in the origins of Christianity itself, in the Christianity of the Apostles and the Fathers, namely, in Orthodox Christianity. Against the tenor of the times, disregarding the animus to set traditional Christianity aside, and despite heretics prominent within its fold, Orthodox Christianity remains a light in a world after God.”
About the author: H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr. is a renowned bioethicist. He is a professor at Rice University, a professor emeritus at Baylor College of Medicine, and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and Christian Bioethics. His other books include The Foundations of Bioethics and The Foundations of Christian Bioethics.
Author: H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr
Dimensions: 6 X 9 inches
Page Length: 488 pages
Churchianity vs. Christianity
by Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom)
In Metropolitan Anthony's own words:
“The expression churchianity was coined by C. S. Lewis. Isn’t it a word that describes the parable of Christ—or rather, the event—in which the Lord Jesus Christ pronounced his condemnation on the barren fig tree? Had it been barren, leafless, dead, Christ would not have condemned it. He might even have spoken a word of life and brought it into newness. But this tree stood there gloriously adorned with leaves, telling everyone around that it was enough to come up to it in order to find a harvest of ripe fruits. But there was nothing but leaves. The appearance was there; of reality, there was nothing. The words spoken by Christ are frightening. He said, ‘there will never be a fruit on your branches until the end of the world.’”
In these nine talks, Metropolitan Anthony challenges us to move beyond mere “churchianity” to a true and living faith. He helps us to find our lofty calling in the familiar words of the creed, and he points to a path forward, both for individual believers and for our communities.
About the author: Met. Anthony (Bloom) (1914–2003) was a prominent Orthodox voice in the modern world. After a childhood in Russia and Persia, he grew up in France, and came to England where he served first as a parish priest, and eventually become the Metropolitan of Sourozh for the Moscow Patriarchate. He was called “the single most powerful Christian voice” in England.
Author: Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom)
Dimensions: 5.5 X 8.5 inches
Page Length: 138 pages
If You Love Me: Serving Christ and the Church in Spirit and Truth
by Matthew the Poor
From the introduction:
“The lesson of love can never be taught simply by words . . . Rather, it is taught by truly giving yourself and communicating the love and longing for Christ to those you serve. . . . How awesome and dignified is Christian service! And how good is the trustworthy and loyal servant who can say along with Christ, ‘Learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart’ (Matt. 11:29).”
This book is essential and inspiring reading for all who would devote their lives to the service of Christ and His Church.
About the author: Known in the West as Matthew the Poor, Abba Matta is widely regarded as the greatest Egyptian elder since St. Antony the Great. He produced a huge and varied body of work in Arabic, only a little of which has been translated into English. In addition, a great many of his informal talks to monks and visitors were recorded. He had a marvelous ability to communicate the deepest spiritual truths in the simplest and most practical language, making them accessible to laypeople as well as monastics. He speaks to the heart rather than the head, gently exhorting the reader to pursue a deeper life in Christ.
Author: Matthew the Poor
Dimensions: 5.5 X 8.5
Page Length: 160 pages
Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
A Song in the Furnace: The Message of the Book of Daniel
By Fr. Lawrence R. Farley
The Book of Daniel should be read with the eyes of a child. It’s a book of wonders and extremes—mad kings, baffling dreams with gifted interpreters, breathtaking deliverances, astounding prophecies—with even what may be the world’s first detective stories added in for good measure. To argue over the book’s historicity, as scholars have done for centuries, is to miss the point. In A Song in the Furnace, Fr. Lawrence Farley reveals all the wonders of this unique book to the receptive eye.
From the Introduction:
“Like Daniel, we also live in Babylon, awaiting its apocalyptic fall, and like Daniel’s three holy and youthful friends, we also increasingly stand face to face with Nebuchadnezzar as he demands our cultural submission to an alien ideology. . . . This then is the urgent message of the Book of Daniel. As we stand before the powers of the age and hear the demand for cultural assimilation and surrender to secularism, we must make our own the words of the three young men to the king as the furnace of fury burned before them.”
About the Author: Archpriest Lawrence R. Farley is the pastor of St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church (OCA) in Langley, B.C., Canada. He received his B.A. from Trinity College, Toronto, and his M.Div. from Wycliffe College, Toronto. A former Anglican priest, he converted to Orthodoxy in 1985 and studied for two years at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in Pennsylvania. In addition to the Orthodox Bible Companion Series, he has also published The Empty Throne, Let Us Attend, One Flesh, The Christian Old Testament, and Following Egeria.
Author: Lawrence R. Farley
Dimensions: 5.5 X 8.5 inches
Page Length: 248 pages
Publisher: Ancient Faith
Everything Tells Us about God
by Katherine Bolger Hyde, with illustrations by Livia Coloji
Inspired by a story told by Father Thomas Hopko
The world is like a giant puzzle God made that teaches us about Himself. Every piece—earth, sea, and sky, plants, animals, and people—reveals something about who He is and why we're here. Everything Tells Us about God will help children recognize the beautiful and sometimes mysterious pieces of this puzzle for themselves.
About the author: Katherine Bolger Hyde has devoted her life to books as a reader, editor, and writer. Her works include the picture book Lucia, Saint of Light (AFP, 2009), the YA fantasy The Dome-Singer of Falenda, and the adult mystery series Crime with the Classics. Katherine lives in the redwood country of the California central coast, where she shares a home with her husband, the youngest of her four children, and two obstreperous cats. When not reading, writing, or editing for her day job, she can generally be found knitting while watching British mystery series or singing in the choir at St. Lawrence Orthodox Church.
About the illustrator: Livia Coloji makes things up and then paints them with overlying layers of vivid color. She has done this since she was little, but professionally she's been doing it for twelve years now. Most of her projects are in the field of illustration, for clients based all over the world. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards of the Association of Illustrators (AOI). When she's not working on commissions (or petting her two cats) in her shared studio in Timisoara, Romania, she creates artwork inspired by nature and human nature.
Author: Katherine Bolger Hyde
Illustrator: Livia Coloji
Dimensions: 8 X 10 inches
Page Length: 32 pages
Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life
by Nicole M. Roccas
Idleness. Apathy. Restlessness. Procrastination. These are symptoms of what early Christian theologians called despondency (acedia), a spiritual sickness rooted in a lack of care or effort. A condition as old as the ancients, despondency thrives in today's culture of leisure, anxiety, and digital distraction. Time and Despondency is a penetrating synthesis of ancient theology, spiritual memoir, and self-help practicality. It envisions despondency as the extension of a broken relationship with the experience of time. Driven by the fear of death and the anxiety of living, despondency drives us to abandon the present moment, forsaking the only temporal realm in which we have true fellowship with Christ. The remedies offered by time-honored Christian thinkers for this predicament constitute not only an antidote to despondency but also stepping stones back to the present moment. In regaining the sacredness of time, we re-encounter the Resurrection of Christ in the dark and restless moments of our lives.
About the author:
Dr. Nicole Roccas has been researching and writing about time from both a historical and theological perspective for nearly ten years. In addition to being a writer and editor, she lectures at the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College (Toronto). You can find more of her writing on her Ancient Faith podcast and blog, Time Eternal, and her website, www.nicoleroccas.com. Nicole has a PhD in History from the University of Cincinnati. A native of Wisconsin, Nicole lives in Toronto with her husband, Basil, whose efforts to indoctrinate her into the ways of maple syrup and Canadian spelling have yet to take effect.
Set of 2 Jewel-Framed Icons
Matching Set includes Christ (with Open Gospel) and Virgin (with Christ reclining)
Each icon is 2-3/4" X 4-1/2" and has a bracket to allow the icon to be self-standing
Format: Gift Item
Dimensions: 4.5 inches tall
Song of Songs: Textual Commentary and Theological Reflections
Fr Lawrence Farley brings his exegetical skills to bear on the Song of Songs, one of the shortest but richest—and most difficult—books of the Bible. This balanced, verse-by-verse commentary examines the text on two main levels: both as a beautiful image of the love and the bond shared between man and woman in marriage, and as an icon of the “great mystery” toward which human marriage points: “Christ and the Church” (Eph 5.32).
We live in swiftly changing times, when the value, the meaning, and the very definition of marriage are the subject of heated debate. Fr Lawrence offers us a vision of the biblical foundation for marriage, which can withstand the floods of life, “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Eph 2.20).
FR LAWRENCE FARLEY is the priest at St Herman of Alaska Church in Langley, British Columbia. He is the author of the Orthodox Bible Study Companion Series (Conciliar/Ancient Faith Publishing), Feminism and Tradition: Quiet Reflections on Ordination and Communion (SVS Press), and he writes a regular column for the website of the Orthodox Church in America: No Other Foundation. His podcast, Coffee Cup Commentaries, is available on Ancient Faith Radio.
Defeating Sin: Overcoming Our Passions and Changing Forever
“May you, reader, be blessed and enlightened and encouraged in your struggle by the wisdom contained in this book, to the glory of the All-Holy Trinity and the salvation of your soul.”
—Bishop Basil of Wichita and Mid-America (Antiochian Archdiocese)
“This book will be marked up and well-worn by those who own it and no doubt shared with other Christians who long for a well of renewal and blessed retreat.”
—Very Rev. Dr Chad Hatfield, President of St Vladimir’s Seminary
Defeating Sin will help readers better understand the disease that troubles the human soul. Fr Joseph David Huneycutt provides invaluable aids in the spiritual life. He arms readers for spiritual warfare by giving them the tools to help them repent, to turn away from the passions and toward the virtues, and to make a thorough confession.
Providing both the “diagnosis” and a course of spiritual therapy, Defeating Sin investigates the nature of the passions and the saving grace of the virtues. Many fundamental questions are explored:
–What led to the fall of the devil and his angels?
–What led to the fall of Adam and Eve, our first parents?
–What causes our own falls?
–How can we identify the deceptions and temptations of the enemy?
–How do we get up when we fall?
–How can we struggle toward God-pleasing solutions to our problems?
VERY REV. JOSEPH DAVID HUNEYCUTT, bestselling author of One Flew Over the Onion Dome (SVS Press), leads retreats on the passions, the virtues, and confession across the country. He is the pastor of St Joseph Orthodox Church in Houston, Texas, and is well-known for his blog and podcast, both called Orthodixie.